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Ted Baber: Training at Keuka Lake

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Flying high during a training set

There was a training week held at Keuka lake, Fairford on the last week of July this year. It was put together by Jem Drew and Paul Turner, with help from Nick Lodge. It was a chance to bring the skiers closer together, and all throughout the week, there was a positive atmosphere. We spent 5 days training and working on different aspects everyday, based on what Paul saw individuals needed to work on, as well as overall new tricks. Charlie Long, Ben Edwards, Nick Lodge, Tom Heaps and Bibby Curtis spent the week camping down the lake. With the weather not holding up all week, it was a challenging to be there training, despite spending time during the rain hiding in the boat under the trees, we still managed to take advantage of the glass water. It was a great week, full of skiing, and being able to build up stronger friendships between the skiers.

By: Ted Baber

Chandler Cargile: Learning to Pull Barefooters

Friday, November 1st, 2013

One thing I really struggled with and continue to struggle with some is pulling other skiers. I am just so used to always being the one skiing behind the boat. Finally one day, everyone at the World Barefoot Center said it had been past time for me to learn how to drive the boat. Honestly, pulling skiers skiing isn’t too scary and is actually pretty fun.

This summer, Johnathan Martines and I pulled each other skiing on shoe skis, which was very fun. Then, we would go out and pull each other doing slalom. Next, we would go out and pull Ricky Bruce barefooting. The more we pulled, the more fun it would get. Johnathan was familiar with driving a boat because he pulled his dad back home. For me, my mom would pull my dad and I would either watch or video his skiing.

I think it is important to learn how to pull skiers because the next step is coaching. It all plays a part in each other. I finally pulled my first skier (Ben Groen) over the jump behind the boat. I was really far out and I was very nervous, but I pulled him on his last two jumps behind the boat. Not only is it something that is needed to be learned, but for me, I feel good after I do it. I feel more responsible and grown up just by doing that. I really don’t know why I have waited this long to be pulling skiers, to me I think it is actually pretty fun.

By: Chandler Cargile

Alex Youngblood: My First Worlds

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

My first World Championships wasn’t what I expected. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. There was a lot of people that I didn’t know. But let’s remind ourselves that this was when I was 10 years old. However, this meant that I got to meet a lot of new people.

The Worlds was held at an awesome site with awesome water and my best friend was there too. Which made it really fun. The biggest difference was the age divisions, which meant I had to compete with girls that were up to 17 year olds! I thought that this was really weird at the time, but as I got older I saw why. Also, when I was on the start dock, some of the girls were starting off like a 10 foot platform. My dad explained to me that it was for extra points. It was still pretty strange though.

Before I knew it, it was my turn to ski. My PB at the time in tricks was 700 pts. My goal by the end of the ski year was to get 900 pts. Slalom wasn’t that big for me at the time.

I started with a front flyer to 2. I nailed that! Once I had gotten up, I did all my tricks. At the end of the first pass, I asked what was the last trick in time. He said “your reverse one foot”. That was my last trick, I was so happy! I then did my second run and at the end, I butt slid to the shore. I got up and hugged my dad. He said I got every trick in time. My trick run come out to 910 points! My dad and I were extremely happy. So that was my first worlds, it went really well!

– Alex Youngblood